Kenya: Transition Without Violence

As Kenya's first common-roll elections began, the land was heavy with fear and dread. It was the first time a black man's vote was as good as a white's. To the white settlers, the imminent prospect of control by the blacks was disturbing enough. Even more alarming was the fact that the chief black candidate sometimes seemed to be Jomo ("Burning Spear") Kenyatta himself. Though Kenyatta was still confined to a desert village after his 1953 conviction for masterminding the savage Mau Mau movement, his name was on placards everywhere, his photographs at...

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